Workshop: Comprehending Mathematical Proofs
24 July 2013
Comprehending Mathematical Proofs
A One-Day Workshop
24th July 2013, Loughborough University
Although proofs are central to mathematics, many empirical studies have demonstrated that students find them extremely difficult to understand. Important under-researched questions include:
- What does it mean to understand a mathematical proof?
- How can students be encouraged to read proofs more effectively?
- What are the different strategies used by students and mathematicians when reading proofs?
You are warmly invited to attend a one-day workshop at Loughborough to discuss these and other issues.
- Lara Alcock - Expert and novice mathematical reading behaviour.
- Brendan Larvor - Proof from the fake-book: logical performances.
- Keith Weber - Learning to comprehend texts in advanced mathematics: The role of assessment, reading strategies, and student beliefs.
- Mark Hodds - Self-explanation improves proof comprehension.
- Kristen Lew, Tim Fukawa-Connelly, Juan Pablo Mejia-Ramos, and Keith Weber - Understanding proofs presented in mathematics lectures.
- Matthew Inglis and Andrew Aberdein - The personality of mathematical proofs.
The day will begin with coffee at 10.00, and end around 16.00. A programme is now available. Coffee, registration and lunch will be in Room A234 of the Schofield Building, talks will be in Room A201. For travel instructions see this page and for a campus map see here.
Registration is free, and lunch and coffee will be provided. To aid planning, please register by 10th July by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Proof Comp Workshop".
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Higher Education Innovation Fund and the Sigma Network for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support.